bhensonb (13823) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of chocolate and toasted malt, along with a hint of alcohol. Dark brown/black color with ruby hints at the edges. Ferocious tan head that laces. Medium mouthfeel. Starts with chocolate and coffee. A bit of sour followed by toasted malt. The malt tends to overpower the hop. There is some sort of fruit component accompanying everything; it’s almost apple. Not strong, just present. Interesting stuff.
FatPhil (13256) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2015 300ml bottle (6:5:8:4:15=3.8))
Jet black, thin beige head. Sweet raisiny and alcoholic aroma - white-board marker pens. Burnt roasty taste - roast ham with plum sauce. Slightly ashy. Goes wonderfully with chocolate cake.
Rerate: 355ml bottle (Pudel, Tallinn) (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)
Lovely rich roast, some tar some soy. Super drinkability.
mcberko (13254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
550mL bottle, pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, oatmeal, subtle chocolate and coffee. Flavour of roasted malt, oatmeal, coffee and caramel. Very smooth palate and no bitterness.
Tmoney99 (13241) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOTTLE. DEEP BLACK COLOR WITH MEDIUM HEAD. COMPLEX AROMA WITH COFFEE AND GRAIN. GREAT BALANCE OF SWEET AND SOUR AND A COMPLEX LASTING FINISH. VERY DRINKABLE AND EXCELLANT COMBO WITH GREAT CIGAR.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful body, but I expected quite a bit more flavorwise. Roastiness, some bitterness, and a hint of alcohol -- somehow, though, it just doesn’t come together.
Ratman197 (12938) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
550 ml bottle poured a nearly opaque reddish black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of plum, licorice, cocoa, raisins and a bit of coffee. Palate was light bodied. Flavors of dark fruits, licorice, bitter chocolate, some coffee notes and a hint of smoke with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
HenrikSoegaard (12915) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good imperial, a typival 4 allrlound. Nice head and colour, wonderfull aroma and taste, more bitter than cold coffee.
imdownthepub (12909) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 330 ml, pasteurised. Black as yer ’at with cream collar. Tongue coating sweetness interlaced with a burnt, roasted malt and fruit and then a sweet yeasty alcohol. rich and smooth, some caramel notes giving extra depth, port like sherry notes too. Not perhaps as complex as I am making out here, but certainly a fine beer.
Benzai (12756) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black colored beer with a small brown head. Smell earth and ashes. Taste earth as well. Hmm not my favorite stout. Nice carbo and body though.
Lubiere (12678) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with reddish hues. Thin moka head. Nice chocolate aroma with doughy malt and light alcohol notes. Rich bitter chocolate with licorice notes, a bit short in mouth, but effective. Very nice IS. Nov. 2005, Mike’s place.